Part 3 of a series on friends and friendship. You can read part1, part 2 or the inspiration to ask them first, or jump right in.
In order to learn more about friends and friendships, I asked some of the followers of this blog and the answers appear below.
Question 3: What do you expect from a friend?
Honesty, understanding, trust, that they have your back.
See questions 1 and 2.
Fun, support, honesty in their advice and honesty when it comes to our relationship (if the other person is upset with me they will say it or if they need me to make more of an effort).
Basically what I outlined in question 1, with the understanding that they won’t always meet these “goals” and that they’ll *&#$ up sometimes (and I will too) because we’re human and not capable of perfect relationships. But you’ve gotta try … more often than not, you’ve gotta be trying if I’m trying.
I also expect that if I am failing as a friend, they will tell me.
See question #1.
(Author’s Note, ok, ok, I get it, question 3 was a similar question!)
I think one of the things that I expect the most is that my friends are FOR me, even when I am not around. I can trust that they think of me occasionally, pray for me, don’t talk negatively to others about me and pay attention to the things that make me smile.
Love and respect.
Truth. Truth in love. But truth.
I try to not have expectations of my friends, because I don’t think its fair to. I’d like to think that I’ve chosen wisely and surrounded myself with people that would make the choice to step up when they can – and haven’t felt alone or disappointed yet.
My love language is time and words of affirmation. So those are things that will most easily reach my heart.
On to question 4. The journey continues.
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